It’s good to see that the hijab has evolved into such a necessity with Muslimahs as it is wearing a top or a pair of pants – it’s become such a norm and style that it truly identifies us, but what bother’s me is those who refuse to acknowledge us still. There are still those miscreants out there who want to call us rag heads or turban heads who choose to remain ignorant about our identity or refuse to accept our beliefs as a norm in society. It seems that no matter what we do to make hijab as fashionable and modern as possible there is still the stereotype there…so what do we do?

I know that being in hijab requires us to attain a measure of modesty in speech and in manners – but sometimes I think we were taught to be too modest and too well mannered – that we tend to want to just fade in the background so that no one would pick on us for wearing hijab.  However that just makes us more vulnerable in society doesn’t it? I believe that if we remain too quiet or modest it makes people believe that we are so oppressed that we would never speak against any injustices against us.

There is something to say about showing good character and modesty as part of our nature and faith in religion – it certainly shows others with good character what our religion teaches us – being kind, being patient, respecting others, So although it is good to show good manners and be modest when amongst public – I say we shouldn’t shy away from society all together. We still have the stereotypes hanging over our heads – we still have whispers of the word ‘terrorist’ around us when we pass by the ignorant few. So why shy away from who we are?

A hijabi has as much right as the next girl and that girl has as much right as the next guy standing in line in this whirlwind of ignorance and hypocrisy of times. Don’t let your hijab let you shy away from your rights as a human being, and don’t let anyone think that just because you are showing respect to them that you are oppressed or are weak in any way. Like the saying goes – don’t take my silence for ignorance, my calmness as acceptance, or my kindness as weakness.

Masalamah